At the Core
20 April 15

Changing With The Times: 5 Areas Where CIOs Can Make Improvements Internally

In just a few short years, the ways that companies manage their data and their overall workflow have changed dramatically. The rise of cloud computing has given businesses an entirely new framework – they can now use the cloud for saving and sharing files, collaborating on projects and lending a helping hand with disaster recovery.

"There have been countless news stories about the growth of the cloud."

The cloud revolution has been very public. There have been countless news stories about the growth of the cloud and the tremendous amount of money being spent on cloud-based resources across the business world. But there's a lot happening privately as well – much of the progress being made in business technology in the 21st century is happening behind closed doors, as CIOs develop new business plans with their staff members.

Internally, companies are always looking for ways to make tactical improvements. They're aiming to improve their efficiency, security and productivity, ultimately boosting their bottom lines. There are numerous ways that resources such as cloud backup can contribute to a company's financial well-being.

Today's CIOs have a lot to do.Today's CIOs have a lot to do.

Along those lines, below is a look at five ways in which corporate IT leaders are looking to make improvements to the way they do business in-house:

1. Fostering trust with management
One of the main objectives for many of today's chief information officers is strengthening their relationships with upper-level corporate leaders. If there's a trusting two-way bond there, CIOs will have the support they need to improve their infrastructures. Ushering in new technology always requires money and manpower, and having support from the C-suite can help with both.

2. Communicating about projects and services
Many CIOs are loaded with bright ideas about what new products and services they usher in to help their organizations succeed, but they need to communicate their ideas well to others. It's a matter of getting through to both their superiors, who can give them the support they need, and their staff members, who will need to adjust to new ways of doing work. Communication in both directions is key.

3. Better governing "shadow IT"
The issue of "shadow IT" is one that's cropping up at numerous businesses – employees are using their own devices and Internet connections for doing work, which makes it tougher for CIOs to manage their employees. Corporate tech leaders are searching for ways to establish checks and balances on office technology without wasting money.

4. Making strategic budgeting adjustments
The budget is always tight in corporate IT. There's only a limited amount of funding that companies can afford to sink into hardware, software and tech manpower, and they can't afford to waste a penny. Optimizing the IT budget is therefore a key goal for companies and their CIOs.

5. Training employees and facilitating change
Technology is rapidly evolving, and companies are introducing new platforms and devices all the time. In order for companies to stay productive, they need to handle change well and train their employees to keep up. Disaster recovery service providers can help with that, offering CIOs the resources they need to get everyone on the staff up to speed.

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